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June 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Coal impact will be measured in Pacific Northwest alone

Governor must do what Army Corps failed to

A coal train rolls through SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park, Friday, April 26, 2013, in  Seattle. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.]

A coal train rolls through SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park, Friday, April 26, 2013, in Seattle. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.]

After months of thought, the Army Corps of Engineers has decided not to do a comprehensive study of the impacts of proposed coal trains. [“Corps review won’t weigh impact of coal beyond NW,” NW Wednesday, June 19.]

Instead, it will study only the effects at the proposed terminal sites. This astoundingly shortsighted decision ignores the overwhelming call during public hearings last November for an area-wide study.

The decision also chooses to ignore the impacts of coal dust from the trains to each community along the way, runoff effects into bodies of water, health and environmental degradation and the safety impacts of numerous long coal trains at each railroad crossing.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s mission is now clear: He must do what the Army Corps shrugged off, and initiate a comprehensive study by the State Department of Ecology on the area-wide effect of coal trains and all the harm they will cause!

Mike Shaw, Edmonds

Tolls should prevent coal trains

I believe coal trains must not be permitted to pass through Seattle. I think the best way to stop them is to put a high toll on the trains. This toll should pay for all expected cleanup and traffic congestion fixes that will be required.

Maybe the trains should be permitted through Seattle only at night if we can’t stop them.

John Southall, Seattle

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